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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by drugo, Feb 16, 2019.
I have say that the chunk of wood on my 93 Strat Plus is my favorite or my guitar will bop me
i really like the large neck on a baja tele and the wide/thin on my prs is always like home.
but i really notice the radius and the frets over the neck shape for some reason.
my fave is a 10" radius and monster sized stainless frets.
For stock Fender models I really like the Classic 60s neck. Not Classic Player 60s, plain old Classic 60s. I have smallish hands and like bigger necks, which is what draws me to Gibson SGs and the Ritchie Kotzen Tele.
Eric Johnson Strat. Soft fat V neck.
(Springy, 'V' shaped neck, rosewood fretboard)
So hard to choose. I like variety:
Strat AV59 D profile. 7 1/4" radius, vintage frets, rolled edges.
'95 Plus, modern C. It lacks what I usually like about necks - the roller edge, but it’s not too hard either - but I' find it super comfortable nonetheless. I think the satin finish they were doing back then has a lot do to with it. And I also like the 9 1/2" radius and medium jumbo frets. go figure.
LP Classic with rolled edges is nice. It's slim, but reminds me of a flat, big-fretted version of the AV59 neck with full shoulders.
And I like a good soft V but the CP50s I have right now needs rolled edges, so I can't put that on the list yet. I either roll them (maple neck) or find a neck I like more and swap it out. It's a partscaster already so no big deal. Perhaps I'll grab an AO 50's neck.
New Strat Elite has a fuller C at the nut and then flattens to more of a modern C quickly and then to a D after the twelfth fret. I also prefer its wider nut size of 1.6875" as I grew up playing wider classical necks
A Gibson 175 and ...
a very thick Warmoth that is most closely matched by their current "Boatneck", though they didn't have that name for it when I found it in 1995. I refer to it as a "baseball bat".
My most comfortable Fender neck is a V.
Yes. That is the most comfortable, fastest neck I’ve ever played on a Strat. The soft V is super comfortable and the low, fat frets make sliding (glissando) smooth and accurate.
After that is the one-piece maple neck on my 94 MIM Fender “Squier Series”. I don’t know what the profile is on it but it is extremely comfortable to play.
I am partial to the Modern C shape, 9.5 radius and medium jumbo frets on my American Standards.
I don’t know what the difference is between a “C” and “modern C”, but my American Special feels just slightly bigger. And I don’t really care for the Jumbos on it either.
My favorite neck is a Warmoth standard thin profile with compound radius, either satin finish (if maple) or no finish (if another wood that doesn't need one). On top I like stainless 6100 frets with a scalloped fretboard.
thats almost the same as the 59 roundback from warmoth. .860" and 1st fret.......960" at 12th fret.
Could you possibly mean "Thick"?
When speaking of guitars, a "thick" neck would be fat and wide sometimes, depending on who is talking.
It’s the V for me. My fave guitar has Warmoth’s “Clapton” soft V profile.
I’ve got a new SGW ( Sound Guitar works) neck, 2 in fact, from the group of offshoot gies in the pacific north-west, SOFT V THAT DAN CAN GET YA ARE AWESONE!! A lot like the Eric Johnson feel thick but comfortable!!
Mine is whatever Fender was bolting onto their ‘57 AVRIs in 1986.
(will post a pic after getting home from work)
Certainly not my 2008 standard strat. To thin. but.. it sounds so darn good.
I have an '80 Lead II That's a great neck. The Professional Series...great neck also!
A couple years ago, when I was first back to playing again after many years away from it, I could have told you exactly what my favorite necks were and which I didn't like, based on looking at their specs. After a couple of years of trying a lot of necks, all I can tell you is I can play one and know pretty quickly whether it's gonna work for me or not. And I've found I like a lot of different types of necks and DISlike a number of different types of necks too. About the only thing I can say that's been consistently true is I've yet to find a Fender neck with a 12" fretboard radius that I like. I LOVE 12" fretboards on Gibson type guitars, but on Fenders, I'm absolutely fine with 9.5" or 7.25", but I've never played a 12" neck I've found even remotely tolerable. With everything else, it just comes down to the particular neck. Many I thought I'd like based on the specs, turned out I didn't like at all, and other similar necks by spec, I'd end up loving. And vice versa.
So, no, I can't!
Modern C 9.5 inch radius on my MIM Strat.
2nd most comfortable was a slightly wider at the nut J Mascis Jazzmaster I didn't buy.
Slim and thin, vintage frets please.
I tolerate a wider Epi neck (and some wider Gibsons) because I like the model so much. And, not so long ago, I played acoustic exclusively for about 25 yrs.
Neck profIle doesn't bother me much. I think because I try to keep my thumb on the back of the neck. Every time I palm the neck I hear Ol' Mr Price. My banjo teacher. "If it were easy, there would be one on every street corner." Keeping my thumb on the back of the neck means I don't feel the profile much.